Formerly a province of Yugoslavia, the Republic of Macedonia may not be on every traveler's radar, but it's a land of scenic hikes, panoramic views, and fascinating geological features—a natural fit for us at Mountain Travel Sobek! The capital city of Skopje as well as the picturesque towns are marked by Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman architecture, including centuries-old mosques and historic bazaars. And while the history of the region is fascinating, Macedonia's outdoor opportunities and unique assortment of endemic plants and wildlife are the real draw. In Matka Canyon, you'll discover limestone cliffs and medieval monasteries. In the Shar Mountains, you can trek through forests and meadows, passing herds of sheep and the Krivoshiski Waterfall. And in Mavrovo National Park, you can take in views of Macedonia's highest peak, Mt. Korab, and visit the famous Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski. Over 80% of Macedonia's landscape is made up of mountains and hills for us to explore, and with its stunning alpine scenery, we consider it one of Europe's best-kept secrets!